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May 1, 2011

GOV. BARBOUR ANNOUNCES FOUR MORE MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES RECEIVE FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION

Gov. Haley Barbour announced today residents and business owners in four additional counties can access federal emergency assistance programs after President Obama approved and expanded Mississippi’s federal disaster declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that affected the state.

The additional counties are: Chickasaw, Choctaw, Neshoba and Webster.

“I appreciate the addition of these four counties to the disaster declaration, which will provide residents with much-needed aid to rebuild their homes and businesses,” Gov. Barbour said. “Again, I thank President Obama and FEMA for their quick action on our request.”

Mississippi now has 11 counties that are eligible to receive assistance. Clarke, Greene, Hinds, Jasper, Kemper, Lafayette and Monroe counties received a similar declaration Friday.

These counties will receive FEMA Individual Assistance, which provides grants for individuals and families, Public Assistance, for debris removal and emergency protective measures and low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Hazard Mitigation has been granted statewide.

Counties with damages not listed may still qualify for federal assistance following additional damage assessments that are still ongoing.

Residents may register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

For more information call MEMA's Public Information Line at 866-519-MEMA.